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Kentucky extends COVID-19 workers comp to grocery workers


Kentucky has become the first state to extend workers compensation to grocery store workers who acquire COVID-19.

Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order Thursday entitling employees removed from work due to occupational COVID-19 exposure to temporary total disability payments during the quarantine period, even if the employer ultimately denies liability for the claim.

Workers must show a causal connection between the conditions under which the work was performed and COVID-19 exposure, and the removal must have been by order of a physician.

Employees entitled to these payments include grocery workers, Postal Service workers, child-care providers and state community-based service workers, as well as health care workers, first responders, corrections officers, military, activated National Guard, and shelter and crisis center workers.

The order applies to all insurers writing workers comp policies in Kentucky, as well as self-insureds in the state.

More insurance and risk management news on the coronavirus crisis here.